What Causes Joint Pain In Seniors?

Joint pains are considered common in older adults and an inevitable part of the aging process. However it is not true. Various (evitable) factors cause these pains in seniors, and some of them are mentioned below.

Arthritis – It causes joint pain, inflammation and stiffness in seniors. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, caused by wear and tear in joint cartilage. It affects knees, hips, hands, and spine, leading to stiffness in joints, along with sharp or dull pain.

Degenerative disc disease – Discs in the neck and lower back degenerate resulting in pressure on nerves or spinal cord. It can lead to pain in the lower back or in nerves.

Tendonitis – Tendon’s inflammation or irritation can lead to pains and aches. It occurs when seniors suffer a sudden serious injury or experience minor but repetitive impact on the affected area.

Bone spurs – Bony projections or spurs develop along the edges of bones and put pressure on nerves or tendons, causing pain. Ageing, disc degeneration and injuries are the reasons behind spurs.

Carpal tunnel syndrome – Many seniors suffer from numbness, pain, tingling, and weakness in hand. It occurs due to the compression of the median nerve. This nerve travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel, hence the name.

Frozen shoulder – If a person stops using this joint normally, it can lead to stiffness, pain, and limited range of movement in shoulder.

Seniors suffering from such aches may need help in daily living, as pain stops them from doing many tasks. If you can’t provide regular help to your loved one, then hire caregivers for them.

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